National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA

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Scholarship Overview

National Academy of Education is offering up to thirty postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships are open to international students (Non-U.S. and non-residential citizens) working in critical areas of education research.

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time.
  • The terms of the fellowship provide for no institutional support, i.e., overhead or indirect costs
  • Fellows take the equivalent of one year’s teaching leave during the fellowship term.
    Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with other fellows and NAEd members.
  • Up to thirty postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.
  • Selection will be made by a committee of NAEd members.

Scholarship Eligibility

The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D., EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015. Please note, if they defended their dissertation in 2015, but did not receive their diploma, or were not conferred, until 2016, then they will not be eligible to apply for the fellowship this year. Do please consider applying next year, however.
  • Applicant should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.
  • The proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.
  • Applications will be judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.
  • Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.
  • Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.
  • Concurrent funding for the proposed project is not permitted. Applicants may not hold a grant from the Spencer Foundation at the same time as this fellowship.

Nationality: International (Non-U.S. and non-residential citizens) students can apply for these fellowships.

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have received their Ph.D., EdD, or equivalent research degree


Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.

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Provider Overview

National Academy Of Education

United States of America